Tube Screamer Dungeon- Part Five: Capacitors as Elevators

Tube Screamer Dungeon Part Five: Capacitors as Elevators Thanks for returning for part five of my exploration into converting the electrical schematic of Ibanez’s TS-808 Tube Screamer guitar effects pedal into a dungeon map. For those who have just joined, in Part One: Proof of Concept, I proved an electrical schematic can be redrawn into…

Orphans of the Sky – Adopting Ideas

Orphans of the Sky Author: Robert A. Heinlein Publisher: Signet Books Published: 1965 Page Count: 128 Purchase on Amazon: Price Varies   Cruising through the blackness of space to Centaurus, a mutiny among the crew erupts on the colonization spaceship Vanguard. The conflict leaves no one left alive with the knowledge to continue the mission….

Planet of the Apes – Variation on a Theme

The book was better than the film. How many times have you heard that? A lot I bet. When a book translates into another medium like films it becomes restrained by budget, run times, practical effects, and other factors. The story is usually altered to fit the medium. In the case of Planet of the…

Starship – A Non-stop Trip to Inspiration

Starship (Original Title: Non-stop) Author: Brian Aldiss Publisher: Avon Books Reprinted: 1969 Page Count: 224 Purchase on Amazon: Price Varies Starship or by its first published title Non-stop (1958) is about a group of humans living on a generation ship after dozens upon dozens of generations have gone by. In the story, the inhabitants no longer…

Dune as an Example of World-building

One of my first “grown-up” science fiction novels I read was Frank Herbert’s Dune, in my sophomore year of college. Over the next several months I found myself inhaling the rest of the classic Dune novels (this was long before the later prequels – which to be honest I did not particularly care for). The science fiction…

Carving Your Own Corner of a Galaxy Far, Far Away

During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Emperor’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet. Many Bothans died to bring us this information One common complaint about gaming in settings like the Star Wars universe, Middle Earth, etc. is that…

Mysterious Monday – The Halloween Edition

I have decided the time was right for another of my very infrequent installment of Mysterious Monday. This is a special Halloween edition. Each of the following short story seeds has overtones of Halloween and of fall. I hope you find these seeds suitably creepy and diverse enough for you to weave your own macabre…

Beyond the Dice: Layer Cake

Taking your gaming to the next level is something that all gamers struggle with, I’m no exception to the rules either! But what I’ve found that really grabs your game group and sucks them into the action is layers! And the more layers you add, the more you get everyone into what’s going on! You’ll…

Fiction Review: Time And Again

That the sending of this should cause the Destruction by Fire of the entire World seems well-nigh incredible. Yet it is so, and the Fault and the Guilt mine, and can never be denied or escaped. So, with this wretched souvenir of that Event before me, I now end the life which should have ended…

The Complete Mission: Impossible Dossier — Espionage RPG Inspirations

The Complete Mission: Impossible Dossier Photos — Star Bios — Plot Summaries — Technical Info The essential companion to the most popular television adventure series Author: Patrick J. White Pages: 456 Published: 1991 Publisher: Avon Books Amazon: Price may vary “Good Morning Boxcars readers, in the paragraphs below, I take a look at The Complete Mission:…